New Kirkland Gastropub

Following on the heels of one of Kirkland’s most successful restaurant bars, the owners of Bottle & Bull expanded in late January with a new gastropub called Park Lane Public House. While Bottle & Bull was conceptualized as an urban “Seattle-esque” dining experience, the Public House is Chad and Jessi Waldher’s answer to what they perceived as a shortage of family-friendly dining options serving quality food and drinks with a focus on hospitality.

“Park Lane Public House offers a family-friendly solution to its Kirkland sibling, and the food is focused more on New American, approachable PNW fare,” says Chad Waldher.

The couple now operates three restaurants, including their first venture, in Chad Waldher’s hometown of Walla Walla — the historic Marcy’s Bar & Lounge. After five years successfully running Marcy’s, the couple turned their sights on Kirkland.

“It reminded us of our hometowns, exuding a sense of community with the added bonus of a beach-town vibe that takes over in the spring and summer.”

To run the PLPH kitchen, the Waldhers brought in chef Peter Worden (formerly of Café Campagne, Dahlia Lounge, Restaurant Zoe, and Republic). He began cultivating the food program last summer. The menu reflects a Northwest sensibility — smoked salmon chowder, sautéed clams, beer-battered Alaskan cod — but spans the globe with flavors like the Mediterranean quinoa-kale and NOLA seafood salads, carnitas tacos, and a couple of wild boar entrees. Those who are traditional about their pub food will be happy to know the menu contains steak frites, mac and cheese, a burger, and a pulled pork sandwich.

Local beers dominate the taps, and the wines-by-the-glass list contains some surprisingly high-quality Northwest labels. Look for deals during the daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. or (and we love this idea) siesta hour from 2 to 3 p.m. Park Lane Public House is located at 115 Park Lane, Kirkland. plph.org

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